A Midsummer Night’s Dream set at a music festival at Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford

PUBLISHED: 11:12 16 March 2017

A modern Midsummer Night's Dream will be at the Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford

A modern Midsummer Night's Dream will be at the Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford

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As director Phil Dale says: “At the end of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the comedy character Puck says don’t worry if none of this makes sense, you’ve probably dreamt it.”

A modern Midsummer Night's Dream will be at the Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford A modern Midsummer Night's Dream will be at the Rhodes Arts Centre, Bishop's Stortford

With an inspired touch, Dale has set Shakespeare’s play at a present day music festival and cast two of his Christmas pantomime stars in the lead roles. Demetrius and Lysander are played by Buck Braithwaite and Joe Vaiana (Prince Charming and Buttons, two characters also in love with the same girl).

Dale says: “At music festivals, people do mad things, they may be under the influence of alcohol or other stuff.” Indeed, Shakespeare’s Titania, Queen of the Fairies, has had love potion dropped in her eyes and falls in love with the first person she sees on waking. The Mechanicals, the workmen who put on a play within the play, have modern jobs at Dale’s festival, Bottom the weaver is now a security guard, Snout is a litter-picker, Flute is a toilet cleaner and Robin Starvelling is a campsite steward.

What better place to set the Dream than in a music festival? You get Shakespeare’s great writing but you also get banging dance tunes, portable toilets and mud.

The play, is at The Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford from March 28-31. Tickets £16/£14 concessions from 01279 710200.

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